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Divisions Linger Over Health Law, Survey Finds

Americans remain divided over the health legislation that became law last month, with 42 percent of respondents to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey saying they support the new law, and 44 percent opposing it, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. On survey respondent, a 64-year-old female Democrat, said the government is "shoveling it down our throats without explaining it to the American people, and no one knows what it entails." Still, a 58-percent majority of respondents said the legislation would expand health coverage to far more people who are now uninsured. A Harris Interactive pollster explains: "The public is divided partly because of ideological reasons, partly because of partisanship and partly because most people don't see this as benefiting them. They see it as benefiting the uninsured." The survey was "conducted online April 14-16" and "involved a national cross section of 2,285 adults 18 and older" (Pallarito, 4/30).

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